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Windows XP Home SP1 to SP2 or SP3 Blue Screen Error (BSOD)

by resqtech / November 24, 2009 2:39 AM PST

We had an issue with a PC in which we had an error NTLDR Can Not Read BOOT.INI. We performed a Windows Repair using the original disc for the PC which was XP Home SP1. It booted fine except for errors stating that it required SP2 or higher to run certain apps. We tried to upgrade to SP3. After installation it rebooted to flash a BSOD for a split second and reboot. After reboot it would only boot in Safe Mode. We reverted back to SP1 and tried to reboot. Everything was okay again. We then tried to install SP2 and the same thing happened as it did with SP3. The machine will only boot with SP1 on it now. Any ideas?

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SP1 to SP2 was the big one
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 24, 2009 4:09 AM PST

and it was the change up to SP2 that caught many users out.

I take it that this system is now booting up correctly to XP SP1?

If so, then these are the most common causes of failure in updating to SP2.

1] Malware. The system must be squeaky clean, no viruses, spyware or any other malware.

2] Compatibility problems. Some software problems might occur in the update process if there is a compatibility problem. Microsoft has a utility to test for 'application' compatibility problems;
Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide for Windows XP Service Pack 2.

3] There may also be some hardware compatibility problems, but that is difficult to test beforehand, so the best method to update is to disconnect all peripherals and USB devices from the system before attempting the update. USB mouse and keyboard should not be affected and can stay connected.

4] Make sure you have plenty of disk space available on the hard disk. I'm not sure what plenty is, but for example, a disk with only a couple of GBs free space remaining might struggle, where a disk with 10-15 GBs of free space will be OK.

I hope that helps.


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by resqtech / November 24, 2009 4:51 AM PST

I checked all of the mentioned requirements for SP2 and everything checked out. The worst part of this is that it had SP3 on it just before a weird issue with the BOOT.INI error after a windows update installed and rebooted and after the windows repair it will not allow anything above SP1.

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Sorry but without make and model
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2009 5:19 AM PST

I can't see if this is one of the usual issues I encounter. Did I miss that information in your post? Help me find it.

Post it again.

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Make and Model
by resqtech / November 24, 2009 5:29 AM PST

Board: Intel D845WN
CPU; Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1.80GHz

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Is this that Dell
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2009 5:34 AM PST
In reply to: Make and Model
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Not A Dell
by resqtech / November 24, 2009 6:23 AM PST
In reply to: Is this that Dell

Not A Dell
Can't have more than one computer?
Is there a tech forum on Cnet to throw around questions and thoughts?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2009 7:21 AM PST
In reply to: Not A Dell

But from time to time you find technicians tap the forums and for that it's not a nice thing. They get the free advice and charge for it.

So back to you. Try the items above.

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Patch by Patch
by resqtech / November 24, 2009 7:56 AM PST
In reply to: Sure.

I was thinking to get it back ready for SP2 that I would go in and just install individual patches prior to the SP2 release and then install SP2. Maybe it was too much of a shocker for it going from SP1 to SP2 or even SP3 without having any other updates done first?

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I never bothered with that method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2009 8:04 AM PST
In reply to: Patch by Patch

As a tech you know you don't need to apply Service Packs in order so why do that?

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Pulling My Hair
by resqtech / November 24, 2009 8:13 AM PST

I just want my PC back and working. I am just willing to try anything.

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Keep in mind that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 24, 2009 10:06 AM PST
In reply to: Pulling My Hair

Malware damage is doing some very very strange things. Let's recap the easy XP install method I use. Bear in mind I get ready with drivers ahead of time and never get on the internet until the end when I know my firewall (even the MSFT one) is up and running.

1. Install XP (in your case, XP SP1 CD).
2. Install motherboard driver package.
3. Install Audio, video, and other drivers.
4. Install the SP3 full download package and re-test for proper operation.

Now that we can see the firewall is up we can use Windows Update for the rest.

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